I am currently a Drollinger-Dial Post-doctoral Fellow in Functional Ecology at the University of Montana, North America. Meanwhile, I am - or have recently been - Scientific Reports Editorial Board member (2013-present), a BES Review College member (2012-present), a BES Books Task and Finish Group member (2016-2017),  a Review Editor for Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour (2016-2019) & a EOU council member (2017-2021)

Contact details

Mark C. Mainwaring
Drollinger-Dial Post-doctoral Fellow in Functional Ecology

Division of Biological Sciences, 
University of Montana, 
32 Campus Drive, 
HS 104, 
Missoula MT 59812, 
North America. 

Email: mark.mainwaring@mso.umt.edu

Research interests

Whilst I have broad research interests, the majority of my research falls within three main areas - evolutionary ecology of animal nests, social behaviour and evolution, and the conservation of endangered birds: 

Evolutionary ecology of animal nests

I am examining how changing environmental conditions influence nest site selection and nest design in a tropical passerine bird community in Borneo with Tom Martin (Montana, USA), Bret Tobalske (Montana, USA) and Blair Wolf (New Mexico, USA).  I am also examining the causes and consequences  of intraspecific variation in blue tit nests with Ian Hartley (Lancaster, UK), Charles Deeming (Lincoln, UK) & Jim Reynolds (Birmingham, UK). 

Social behaviour and evolution

I am examining various asp
ects of cooperation and conflict within avian families, patterns of growth and development, and how reproductive plasticity enables birds to adapt to changing environmental conditions. This research principally involves studies of blue tits and wild / domesticated zebra finches with Ian Hartley (Lancaster University, UK), Kate Buchanan (Deakin University, Australia) and Simon Griffith (Macquarie University, Australia). 

Conservation of endangered birds

I am examining the effectiveness of nestboxes as a conservation tool with Marcel Lambrechts (Montpellier, France)  and examining the advantages and disadvantages of pylons as nesting sites by sociable weavers in South Africa with Robert Thomson (Cape Town, South Africa). Finally, I am participating in Mike de L. Brooke’s (Cambridge, UK) study of raso larks